- On September 6, 2017
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Collin grew up in a small town with a population of just over a thousand people. Without much to do in and around town, drugs and alcohol were a prevalent problem. So it’s no surprise that these are what Collin turned to at age 16.
But as he got older, Collin’s life began to unravel. He said, “I became a completely broken person — mentally, physically and spiritually.” He then got into some legal trouble and was sent to jail. Like most people, Collin never thought he’d end up incarcerated. While there, he had a lot of time to reflect on how far he had fallen and came to the realization that things had to change.
After serving his time, Collin went to rehab and from there came to the Rescue Mission. He said, “When I first arrived, my case manager asked me what my goals were. But she didn’t just leave it at that. I got lots of support and encouragement to help me reach those goals.”
Not only is Collin getting the help he needs to turn his life around, he’s also gained some real friends. “I never had any friends growing up. But now I have several who also want what I want — to change our lives for the better and remain sober.”
Collin starts college this fall. He plans to work in the medical profession and become a nurse. He now knows that helping people is the purpose he’d been looking for all along.
He said, “The mission has given me everything — the realization that I can achieve what I want — hope for the future — and they’ve added faith to my life. I don’t know where I’d be today if not for the Mission. I love this place.”